Technology entrepreneur to discuss opportunities
Posted March 25, 2009; 03:07 p.m.
Thomas Siebel, leading technology entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of Siebel Systems, will deliver the G.S. Beckwith Gilbert '63 Lecture titled "From Information Technology to Energy Technology: Entrepreneurial Opportunities for the Next Decade" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in 10 Guyot Hall. The event will be followed by a reception.
Siebel is the chair of First Virtual Group, a diversified holding company with interests in commercial real estate, agribusiness, global investment management and philanthropy. He founded Siebel Systems, a global leader in application software, in 1993, and was its chair and chief executive officer until Siebel Systems merged with the Oracle Corp. in 2006. He previously had served as chief executive officer of Gain Technology. Siebel is the author of three books: "Taking Care of eBusiness," "Cyber Rules" and "Virtual Selling."
Siebel is chair of the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, a nonprofit, public benefit corporation founded in 1996 that has committed more than $260 million to providing support for alternative energy, bioengineering and stem cell research and to combating hunger, homelessness and drug addiction. He also is the founder and chair of the Meth Project Foundation, a highly successful drug prevention program.
Siebel serves on the board of advisers of the Stanford University College of Engineering, the University of Illinois College of Engineering and the University of California-Berkeley College of Engineering. He is a director of the University of Illinois Foundation, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
The Gilbert lecture was established in 1988 to bring innovative leaders in business, government and the professions to campus to discuss their ventures and the insights gained in their careers. This year's event is sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Energy Grand Challenge and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy.